Events

Our outreach team and volunteers are involved in events up and down the country, to help you find out more about our work.

We also recommend a number of other conservation-based exhibitions, activities and shows.

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June 13th
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners, Caithness

10am – 3.30pm, Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG

Have you ever wondered where bumblebees live, why there are fewer than there used to be, and what you can do to help them? This one day workshop, run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. We’ll hear presentations in the morning at Castlehill, followed by an afternoon site visit around the beautiful gardens and heritage flagstone trail. The course will be useful for anyone wishing to find out about bumblebees and improve their identification skills. Find out about:

  • The ecology and life cycle of a bumblebee
  • Understand the challenges facing bumblebee species, especially the ultra-rare great yellow bumblebee
  • Recognise important features that will support bumblebees in a range of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands and farmland
  • Identify distinguishing characteristics of different bumblebees and how to spot a queen, worker and male
  • Identify five common bumblebee species
  • Why we need more data about bee populations, and how to carry out a simple monitoring transect

Places are FREE but limited, so booking is essential.
For more information, or to book a space, please fill in this online booking form.

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August 16th
Bumblebee ID and Survey Workshop

Bumblebees are an endearing insect which play a vital role in our ecosystem but are sadly in decline.

Join us at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Hickling Broad to gain bumblebee ID skills and learn surveying methods.

Suitable for beginners. 

For more information and to book your place, please go to NWT's website or call 01603 625540

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May 29th - 31st
Gardening Scotland, Edinburgh

Come along and join us in the Living Garden at this year's Gardening Scotland. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell you all about gardening for bumblebees and the exciting work that BBCT is doing to protect the Great yellow bumblebee. There will even be a talk on the Saturday at 1pm about the things you can do to help bees in your garden.

The show will be open to the public from Friday 29 May - Sunday 31 May and takes place at the Royal Highland Showground beside Edinburgh Airport.

For full details about the show and to book tickets, visit http://www.gardeningscotland.com/

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May 31st
Buzzing About in the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Flowers need bumbles for pollination;  Bumbles need flowers to provide nectar (energy for flight) and pollen (protein for their developing young);  and Gardeners need both!

Why not join in a basic "hands-on" outdoor session to search for any bumbles foraging among the flowers at the Botanic Garden; identify the "regulars" and find out all about them and the plants that they need......then you will be able to check out those in your own garden.

WORKSHOP 1 - Sunday 31st May 2015, 2pm - 4pm

WORKSHOP 2 - Sunday 5th July 2015,   2pm - 4pm

WORKSHOP 3 - Sunday 2nd Aug 2015,  2pm - 4pm

Leader: Maggie Frankum, FULBG,  BBCT, LES,  LRWT, local VC55 naturalist...... wildlife gardener.........

Each FREE workshop is limited to 10 adults - first come first served - book your place ASAP
Contact:  maggiefrankum@uwclub.net
Tel: 0116 - 2705833

Meet at the Botanic Garden main entrance (The Knoll) on Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester. (park at the roadside)

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June 7th
Identifying Devon Bumblebees

Paignton Zoo, Devon

This introductory course led by County Bee Recorder Steven Carroll will enable you to learn more about common bumblebees and how to identify them at home.

The course will cover: 

  • How to identify bumblebees  
  • Species found in Devon
  • The lifecycle of a bumblebee
  • How you can help them at home

Tickets:

£9.50 per person. Booking is essential. Please go to the Zoo's website to book online.